Friday, 28 April 2006

Microsoft Student Community NTNU, where I'm a member, will arrange a NUNit and NDoc Workshop soon. The exact date hasn't been decided yet, but it will probably be next week. I will be leading the workshop and we are going to focus on how to write good unit tests with NUnit, and actually write them. We are also going to take a look at code documentation with NDoc.

The agenda will probably be something like this:

  • Presentation about unit testing in general, how to write good tests, and how to use NUnit
  • Workshop where you will be given code to test
  • Short presentation on code documentation with NDoc
  • Workshop on NDoc

So look for the date announcement here and on Hope to see you there!

By the way, I became a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) after taking exam 70-290 today!

Update: It looks like week 18 (1/5 - 7/5) is too busy for us. We will try to hold it next week (week 19).

posted on Friday, 28 April 2006 14:56:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [3]
 Tuesday, 25 April 2006

All kinds of IRC bots has existed for quite some time, everything from quiz bots to channel admin bots. You can't connect to IRC without seeing them. In the later years MSN Messenger has become increasingly popular, and now bots are beginning to appear here too.

I friend of mine, Frank Robert Kvam, has written one such bot, MSN-Hjelper (MSN Helper in English). MSN Helper can help you with some different things:

  • Searching with google
  • Looking up a number in the Norwegian telephone catalog
  • Remind you of TV programs
  • Calculator
  • Wikipedia lookup

His wrote his bot using the free open-source class library DotMSN (, which is a .NET wrapper around the MSN Messenger protocol. It is quite straight-forward to use, and only your own fantasy sets limitations for what kinds of messenger robots you can create :-)

Add his bot to your contact list: 
Below is a screen shot of a conversation with it.


posted on Tuesday, 25 April 2006 18:38:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2]
 Friday, 21 April 2006

I went to "The Gathering" this Easter, as I have done the last 5 years. "The Gathering" is one of the world's largest computer parties with around 5000 attendees, held in the Olympic arena "The Vikingship" in Hamar, Norway every Easter. There are a lot of things going on there these 5 days from Wednesday to Sunday; scene shows, lectures, gaming competitions and other cool things.

This year things seem to have gone quite smoothly for the organizers. There were almost no queue to get in when we got there, and the network worked perfectly. In fact the Tech:Net-crew stated that they were bored and that we weren't even close to max out the internal network capacity. The internet line, though, was easily maxed out, with it's 1,5 GBit.

I have attached some pictures so you can see how big this party really is...

By the way, those of you who thinks that all big Microsoft projects are written i C/C++, check out Jonas' line count trivia.

DSC00611.JPG DSC00627.jpg

posted on Friday, 21 April 2006 02:04:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]